Instantly recognisable for his many appearances on shows such as QI, Have I got News For You and Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled. Ross Noble is an international powerhouse of live-performance
Ross rose to mainstream popularity through his live shows and stand-up specials which gained not only critical acclaim with a string of awards and nominations, but saw him become the biggest selling act at the Edinburgh and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals.
In the years since, Ross has become known as a truly exciting and genuinely original performer and has received huge critical acclaim. He is also a former Perrier Award nominee and a Time Out award winner for best live stand-up and has won a shed load of other prestigious awards and nominations.
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne and the son of two teachers, Ross displayed his talent for improvisation and performance at a very early age. It was during these unruly scamp-years that he was diagnosed with severe dyslexia, and made a conscious decision to follow a career – ANY career – that didn't involve staring at the insides of books for years on end.
And that is how the very young Ross Noble, instead of spending his down time playing Double Dragon 2 on the C64, became a unicycling street juggler with the grander aim of joining a circus. Sadly, that career path was never to be, although to this day he will still get teary-eyed about human cannonballs.
Everything changed after Ross went to see a stand-up comedy show. He was inspired, and at that moment decided to become a comedian himself. At first with props and juggling and visual gags, before he realised that he was spending increasing amounts of time just jabbering at the audience and making stuff up. Funny stuff. In fact, when it comes to embarking on epic, linguistic flights of fancy, he is very possibly Eddie Izzard's only rival.
Throughout his career, Ross Noble has concentrated on playing live, relentlessly touring his own shows and as a result has built an army of fans throughout the world. His appearances regularly break box office records.
In February 2004 BBC2 showed an hour long film of Ross performing live from his season at The Garrick Theatre, London. An extended version of this show was released on dvd in October 2004.
In 2007 he was voted the 10th-greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups, and again in the updated 2010 list as the 11th-greatest stand-up comic.
In 2009 Channel Five aired a new six-part series, Ross Noble’s Australian Trip, Ross combined two of his greatest passions – biking and comedy, undertaking an epic 26,000 kilometre, five month trip around Australia.
In 2012, he made his movie debut in the fantasy comedy horror movie Stitches. In 2015, he made his musical theatre debut in The Producers and in 2018 was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein musical in the West End. His acting work also includes joining the cast of the legendary Comic strip team in The Hunt for Tony Blair.
Ross Noble's style is recognised as spontaneous, due to his unpredictable performance style, interruptions from hecklers or because he has drifted off into another surreal tangent. He also likes to have spontaneous material related to each specific show and therefore, unusually, actually encourages heckling.
Ross Noble is now perhaps the most successful cult comedian of our time, with a loyal fanbase derived largely from the ‘word-of-mouth’ recommendations of those having seen him perform live.